As Christians, we serve, honor, worship and give our allegiance to God, one God in three persons. We acknowledge that Christ, sent by the Father through the Spirit, is the culmination of God’s plan of redemption and the sole means of salvation and divine fellowship.
As Christians, we affirm with the apostle Paul that matter of first importance “that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures. Then he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time… Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all… he appeared to [Paul]” (1 Cor 15:3-8).
As Christians, we have two main ordinances or practices that affirm and proclaim the centrality of the person of Christ within God’s plan and the significance of his death to us and even the entire world. Christ and the cross form the basis of our faith, the means and definition of life, and the purpose for our actions, desires and commitments.
As Christians, we were all baptized into Christ as a one-time act that serves as a pledge of our life and an appeal to God for a clean conscience. Baptism is a washing away, not of physical dirt, but of spiritual sins. Baptism is a reenactment of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As he was put to death, we put to death our life of sin. As he was buried, we are buried in water. As he was resurrected, we are raised to walk in newness of life. Baptism is a total immersion in water that represents a person’s commitment to totally immerse their life into the ways of God. Baptism represents an individual decision that cannot be made by king, country, family or friends. Yet, it is accompanied by a confession before others, and it serves as a public proclamation of allegiance, not to king Caesar but to king Jesus.
As Christians, we partake of the Lord’s Supper on a continual basis. It consists of two elements. The bread represents the body of Christ that was subjected to beatings, abuse and humiliation. The fruit of the vine represents the blood of Christ that was spilled on the cross. The Lord’s Supper is a regular reminder that Christ’s death possesses ongoing significance for the world throughout history and across geographical boundaries and that it has an ongoing role in our lives. The Lord’s Supper involves an individual dimension where we examine ourselves and remember the event of the cross. But more than that, it is a communal practice where we partake together, examine together, and proclaim together what is the fundamental aspect of our common salvation.
As Christians about to take the Lord’s Supper at this time, let us prepare our minds to focus, meditate and remember the death of our Savior. Let us appreciate his subjection to the cross for us. Let us affirm with our whole being and proclaim with all our might that Jesus is Lord and that he died on the cross for our sins. Let us encourage one another as we participate and proclaim with fellow-Christians what is most dear to us.
- Lord’s Supper talk given by Jeremy Sweets at the church of Christ at Broadmoor on 9/8/2013.